Brown calls for passage bill to advance manufacturing jobs

By Ryan Ottney

November 14, 2013

Ryan Scott Ottney

PDT Staff Writer

In advance of Wednesday’s Commerce Committee hearing on manufacturing, U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) was urging the passage of the Revitalize American Manufacturing and Innovation Act of 2013.

According to Brown, the legislation would affect 52 manufacturing establishments in Scioto County, with more than 1,500 workers generating more than $73 million in annual wages.

Introduced by Brown and U.S. Sen. Roy Blunt (R-MO), Brown said the legislation would establish a Network for Manufacturing Innovation (NMI) and ensure that the U.S. can out-innovate the rest of the world while creating thousands of high-paying, high-tech manufacturing jobs.

“This is about providing the manufacturing infrastructure in this country to retain our competitive edge. Our bipartisan bill would also ensure that American workers, universities, and large and small manufacturers can out-compete and out-innovate the rest of the world,” Brown said. “We know that manufacturing has strong ripple effects on the rest of our economy and helped build America’s middle class. That is why I am glad to join Senator Blunt in introducing this bill which would create a Network of Manufacturing Innovation. The Revitalize American Manufacturing and Innovation Act of 2013 would ensure that we don’t cede our American leadership to countries that are racing to get ahead.”

The Revitalize American Manufacturing and Innovation Act of 2013 is modeled on the National Additive Manufacturing Innovation Institute (NAMII) in Youngstown, a public-private manufacturing hub. Brown said this legislation is designed to bring together industry, universities and community colleges, federal agencies, and all levels of government to accelerate manufacturing innovation in technologies with commercial applications. He said it would establish public-private institutes to leverage resources to bridge the gap between basic research and product development.

Brown said the bill would particularly benefit a state like Ohio which has nearly 650,000 manufacturing jobs, third most in the United States.

Brown and Blunt previously worked together to pass a bipartisan amendment to the Senate Budget for Fiscal Year (FY) 2014 aimed at supporting the creation of a network of manufacturing innovation hubs.

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